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Kevin J. Hales

Kevin J. HalesContact Information

University of Tennessee
1201 McClung Tower & Plaza
Knoxville, TN 37996-0490

Office:  (865) 974-2139

Current Research

Dr. Kevin J. Hales is a communication scholar and Africologist. Hales has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication Studies from the prestigious Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University, with a specialized content area in African history and culture.  His research lies at the intersection between communication studies, African studies, and African history.  Dr. Hales particularly focuses on Nsibidi in the Lower Niger River Basin.  Hales has earned two Fulbright awards for research in Ghana, Botswana, Swaziland and South Africa and has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar in Central America, while undertaking research in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.  Dr. Hales’ seminal research on the origins of Black commercial photography in West Africa is included in the archives of the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian.

Kevin J. Hales attended Fisk University (B.A. in History, Religion and Philosophy) and Ohio University (Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication Studies).